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's nearly 200-year history. >>> a small company in connecticut represents a big part of american history. it makes bells including those used by salvation army ringers. after a fire destroyed the factory, it's owner is fighting to keep a 180-year history alive. >> reporter: with the clang of a bell, the north pole express leaves the station from essex, connecticut and a steam engine, destination, north pole. the trip's highlight? santa. handing each child a tiny keepsake bell. >> it's not too big and not too small. >> it's one of more than 100 varieties made in america since 1832. >> there's no other sound as gorgeous as that sound from our bell. >> the 180-year-old company is behind those vintage good humor truck chimes. salvation army bells. and even the one you can't forget from "it's a wonderful life." >> every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. last may they fell silent. an apparent lightning strike burned the factory to the ground. >> this is what remains of the last bell maker in america. >> matt bevin is the sixth generation owner. an inferno took down the factory that t
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